MangoandMe

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25 May 2012 | Riviera Beach, Florida
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19 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
18 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
17 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
16 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
15 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
14 May 2012 | En route to Florida
13 May 2012 | Destination:Riviera Beach Marina, Riviera Beach, Florida
12 May 2012 | Destination:Florida
11 May 2012 | On the way to the Caribbean

WEST WEST WEST

04 August 2011 | Approaching Cape Wessel, Northern Australia
david
After a rain shower or two during the night, grey skies greeted me this morning. As Shearwater heads inexorably west, the never ceasing tradewinds at our back, I look out either side on the dark ocean face, seeing endless ribbons of white caps stretched to both horizons, they too, seemingly in lockstep, going west.

Lovely trip through the Torres Straits fascinating, weaving our way through the marked shipping channel, trusting the maps and not our senses . Again, broad expanses of waters in every directon, but, stray a few hundred feet into those 'waters'? and, as they say, 'the dance is done.'

Hoping for a lovely few days of calm weather, I was met instead on my first night with amazingly big following seas as big as anything I had seen in the Pacific, strong winds and confused surface. We surfed.

The next day with little sleep the same and my mood took a dive. I didn't want to battle so soon.

But today, things have calmed.

Im approaching Cape Wessel on the northern face of Australia. I will continue on about latitude 10 for another 400 miles, parallel with the continent. Then at about longitude 130, we part company, Australia's coast dives SW and I continue on West. Then its another 1500 miles to Christmas Island.

Doing about 150 miles a day nice and conservative, with as little strain as possible on the boat and its passenger.

Almost all ok on board. The ships VHF radio is questionable as I can no longer see the antenna at the top of the mast. Tests as to whether its working are inconclusive have 2 handheld backups, not as good but....

So, in unison we go the waves, the wind, the white caps and the boat .west west west.
Comments
Vessel Name: Shearwater
Vessel Make/Model: CONSER 47 Racer/Cruiser Catamaran
Hailing Port: West Palm Beach Florida
Crew: MANGO AND ME
About:
Mango is a smart, funny, sensitive and totally unique wheaton/sheepdog. . He is my partner on this patently undoglike voyage but remains cheerful about the whole affair. [...]
Extra: Shearwater is a 47 foot, very sleek and light catamaran. She is part of a fleet of 11 that were built - its a sister ship of Shearwater that holds the unofficial speed record. 31 knots! Of the this fleet, only one has flipped...so we are on the side of good odds!
Shearwater's Photos - Main
Lesley, Kelly, John, Karol and David successfully transit the canal....a few misc shots
27 Photos
Created 13 March 2010
2 Photos
Created 12 June 2009

Who: MANGO AND ME
Port: West Palm Beach Florida